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Thread: Rate my weld

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2008

    Default Rate my weld

    Ths is for another project I am doing. Since joining this forum, I have become very critical of my welds. So, I am going to throw myself to the wolves. I appreciate any comment, positive or negative


    The welder I am using I believe is from when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Union Carbide is the name on it. RUnning 75/25, we use it during the day to repair and/or modify safes. By night, I use it to build gym equipment

    First two pics are of an upright for a prowler. 1/4" x 3 plate, 1.9" x 10ga tubing. Uprights are 36" long and attach to a 3x2" frame. Unit has 3 skids on it. Basically you grab onto the uprights and push until you puke. I have pushed 540# fro about 60feet then promptly cramped up. It is a brutal device for getting into shape. great for football players. I'll try to resize the finished product pic.

    Third and fourth pics are for whats called a farmers walk. 3x3 x 3/16" tubing that I filled with concrete. a handle is fit between the uprights, grab on, stand up and walk for distance. each one weighs 90# and you can add additional weights to the rond uprights at either end
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    North of Phila. PA


    They don't look to bad. I've seen a lot worse from so called "Professionals". In the 2nd pict I would say you were moving to fast on the top right side weld. The other side looks ok to me. A couple of the 90* corner welds look like they might be a tad bit cold as they look a little piled up, but its a little hard to tell.

  3. #3
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    Feb 2006
    Sacramento CA


    The 90* welds look like there isn't much penetration.

  4. #4
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    Dec 2007
    National City CA


    I'd say speed was a little to fast and inconsistent. but also as stated I've seen much worse from a so called professional welder.
    Using a grading scale A+ being the best weld I've ever seen F being the worst I've seen (like my first try at stick welding ) I remember my Dad asking if it was chewing gum or pidgin $hit I was welding with because that's what they looked like.
    I'd say you are right there at a B to B+. The welds would pass an inspection now it just refining the details.
    I've been a machinist for so long I expect everything I do to come out as near perfect as possible and it just pi$$es me off to no end when my welds don't look text book perfect. I have to remember it's function first aesthetics second but I still try for the perfect bead every time.
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  5. #5
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    Apr 2008


    basic terms... to fast!!!

  6. #6
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    Dec 2007
    Austin, TX


    Too fast and maybe too hot. But likely too fast especially for that thickness material.
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    Fast and hot is good.

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    DFW area


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    I'd say you're looking straight down through the smoke column,
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    I've come in on Monday, and gone to use it--
    I"ll pick it up and think,
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